Sunday 17 May 2020

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:5-8, 14-17. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy – Psalm 65(66):1-7, 16, 20. 1 Peter 3:15-18. John 14:15-21.

‘I will not leave you orphans; I will come back to you.’

Peter reminds us that we should always be ready to explain to anyone who inquires why we are people of enduring hope. The main source of this hope is given in today’s Gospel passage from Jesus’ Last Supper discourse. We have his assurance that, risen from the dead as our ‘hope of glory’ (Colossians 1:27), he will always remain present to us in the gift of the Holy Spirit – loving us and revealing himself to us in our efforts to do God’s will.

How conscious am I of that presence and of that love as I go about my daily duties? Saint John Henry Newman writes: ‘A true Christian, then, may almost be defined as one who has a ruling sense of God’s presence within him [or her].’

Come, Holy Spirit, kindle love within us this day. Bring forth hope and peace in your presence, now and forever.

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